BYU Athletics Blog | August 2009

Trent Whiting in Italy

Aug 20, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:15 pm | Updated: November 14, 2011 12:31 pm | Permalink

Former Cougar Trent Whiting has enjoyed a successful career in Italy since playing his senior season at BYU. He averaged 14.2 points and 2.3 assists while shooting .390 from three and .819 from the free throw line for the Cougars.

Since 2005 Whiting has played in the Legadue, the second-highest league in Italy. In four seasons he has averaged 19.8 points and owns a shooting percentage of .472. In 128 games in the last five seasons he has scored 2,535 points.

To see his stats in Legadue, click here.

17 Days Until Oklahoma

Aug 19, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 3:18 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

17 days remain until our season opener against Oklahoma!

Tomorrow we have an online player chat scheduled with sophomore running back JJ Di Luigi. I've also arranged chats with a pair of returned missionaries in wide receive McKay Jacobson and defensive lineman Romney Fuga for the following Tuesday and Thursday, both at 1:30 p.m. Start submitting your questions for those chats HERE.

Get to Know

I've started interviewing several members of the BYU football support staff and will periodically spotlight one of them in the feature area of the website. First up is High School Relations Coordinator Patrick Hickman. Pat is entering his fourth season at BYU. Learn more about him HERE.

Cougar Kickoff

Aug 18, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 7:31 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Our first online chat of the 2009 season was a success! Thanks to all the fans who submitted questions for RJ Willing. He enjoyed reading and answering all of them. Don't forget about our next chat on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. with sophomore running back JJ Di Luigi!

The team participated in the Sixth Annual Cougar Kickoff on Haws Field, an event to promote BYU's fall sports. The women's volleyball, soccer and cross country teams were also there.

Fans had an opportunity to get autographs, posters and t-shirts from the players. While the majority of the guys were sitting at a long line of tables, several didn't quite make it that far. Max Hall, Dennis Pitta, Terrance Hooks, O'Neill Chambers, Jan Jorgensen and several others were standing on the field with lines of eager fans waiting for an autograph or photo.

Here are a few photos from tonight.

Marchand Continental Championship Cup

Aug 18, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 9:11 am | Updated: November 14, 2011 12:31 pm | Permalink

Jonathan Tavernari and the Brazilian Senior National Team will open play at the Marchand Continental Championship Cup today against Argentina at 4 p.m. MT. Visit tournament page for updated information including the schedule for the week and results.

Congrats to Tavernari for making the team for the second-straight summer—as the only non-professional. This summer's accomplishment may be more impressive considering the 2009 roster includes two NBA players—Leandro Barbosa of the Phoenix Suns and Anderson Varejao of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Getting Ready for the Season

Aug 18, 2009 - Posted by Melissa Lake Wright at 9:10 am | Permalink

Hey Cougar fans! I hope everyone is getting ready for this year’s upcoming season! Things are looking great at this point. We have been blessed with a great new coaching staff and some talented new (and old) faces. This week has consisted of practice, treatment, food, more treatment and more practice. Then we top it all off with a good night’s rest and recuperation to get ready for the next day. This week has been tough, we can all attest to that. Our bodies are getting pushed to their limits, but it has been very rewarding. We are learning so much from our coaches both on and off the court. We are looking forward to bringing home the conference championship this year!

Tuesday night was the Cougar Kick-Off. It was great to see all of our fans out on the soccer fields showing their love and support. With all of your cheering and support, we are ready to begin the season.

Hope to see you at all of our games! Go Cougars!

Chat Tomorrow

Aug 17, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 3:02 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Only 19 days until our season opener!

Just a reminder about our first online player chat with senior offensive lineman RJ Willing tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

Questions for RJ may be submitted HERE. Questions will be accepted before and during the live chat.

ESPN's BYU Preview

Aug 15, 2009 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 2:52 pm | Permalink

In case you missed them, here are links to ESPN's preview of the Cougars and a recent ESPN interview with head coach Bronco Mendenhall:

Rank and File: BYU Preview

Coach Mendenhall Interview on Upcoming Season

Thursdays Hero Returns

Aug 14, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 7:17 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

After this evening's practice the team recognized its first Thursdays Hero of the 2009 season, even though it is Friday.

Today's honoree was seven-year-old Cameron Evans from West Valley, Utah. A year ago Cameron had 20-50 vision. In only a 12-month span his vision has worsened to 20-600 due to juvenile macular degeneration.

As the team gathered to welcome Cameron, wide receiver Parker Mangum and tight end Andrew George stepped forward to present gifts. He was also asked to sign the team flag which is carried onto the field before every game.

First Chat of Fall Camp

Aug 13, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 1:47 pm | Permalink

Along with the start of fall camp comes the first online player chat of the 2009 season. Our first chat will be with senior offensive lineman RJ Willing on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

Heading into his senior season, RJ has seen action in 29 games, with nine starts, since his freshman year in 2004. He has been become a regular at center for the first-team offense since spring ball earlier this year.

We plan to have two chats per week during fall camp, scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Fans will have an opportunity to submit questions in the days and minutes leading up to the scheduled chat, and can watch as the featured player submits his answers live on www.byucougars.com.

Questions for RJ may be submitted by clicking on the chat icon located in the Information Zone of the football homepage. Questions will be accepted before and during the live chat. Check back regularly for upcoming chats.

Cougars in Europe Update

Aug 12, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:36 pm | Permalink

This is old news but it highlights a BYU great. At the 2008 Euroleague Basketball Final Four 50 legends of the previous 50 years of European club basketball were honored on center court. BYU's own Kresimir Cosic (1948-1995) was one of the players honors for his contributions as a player and coach. Check out a video of his daughter talking about Cosic.

Lee Cummard's signing with Alba Berlin was also announced on the Euroleague website.

In other European news, former Cougar Trent Plaisted has signed to play with BC Zadar. Plaisted played part of last season in Italy but returned to the states due to an injury. He played this past summer with the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Zadar is the same team Cosic played for and the team's arena is named after Cosic.